Three teenage students were taken into custody on Monday after being arrested on suspicion of robbing a 49-year-old woman of more than HK$200,00 (US$25,640) in a late-night mugging on a Hong Kong street. Crime-squad officers are investigating if the three boys, aged between 15 and 16, were hired to carry out the attack outside Kwai Chung Estate on Tai Wo Hau Road in Kwai Chung at 11.55pm on Sunday, the first of two street robberies occurring within 45 minutes that night. One of the boys, aged 15, was intercepted by passers-by after a brief chase from the public estate. Police later picked up the other two suspects in Sha Tin. 14-year-old schoolboy arrested in HK$27 million drugs bust The handbag contained HK$8,000 in cash and two watches worth HK$200,000 in total, a police spokesman said. The stolen property had not been recovered. Detectives from the Kwai Tsing criminal investigation unit are handling the case. In the second incident, a 36-year-old male victim was robbed of HK$330,000 in valuables during a scuffle with three black-clad men in Tai Ho Road near Tsuen Wan West MTR Station at 12.36am on Monday. The assailants made off with a HK$300,000 watch and three mobile phones worth HK$30,000, police said, adding that a manhunt was under way. Hong Kong woman assaulted and robbed of HK$150,000 in valuables in Wan Chai The three robbers, believed to be aged between 20 and 30, had fled before officers were called in. The victim suffered minor injuries to the head and shoulder, but did not require hospital treatment, police said. In the first six months of this year, police handled 67 reports of robbery across the city, down 64 per cent from 186 in the same period the year before.